How To Add Beads To A Project With A Homemade Beading Needle

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You can buy beading needles at any craft store, but I like my own homemade version the best. I strip the paper off a twist tie, then I bend it just off center, so one side is a smidge longer than the other, to make it easy to slip on to a loop.  It should look like a skinny V.  Slip a knit, or purl loop, into the “V” and press the top ends together to slide a bead down the needle and onto a loop. Now you can add all kinds of sparkle to your projects, with something that at my house accumulates in the junk drawer until I have so many I deem them worthless, and throw them away.

Here is how I use it (from Glimmer Beret):

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1.) Knit or purl the stich, then slide the loop of yarn through the center of the v.

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2.) Squeeze the v together and slip a bead over the two wires

 

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3.) Slide bead on to the loop of yarn and slip the stitch back on to the right needle.

4.) Knit or purl the next row as usual.

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7 comments


  1. Kay Lyn Chase

    Interesting technique. I only used #6 size beads with a crochet hook. This would be nice for socks where you would want a small bead…Very resourceful!

  2. How very very clever, I often wondered how they knitted the beads onto a jumper. Ty.

  3. Karen D.

    I look forward to trying this with old costume jewelry pieces. Thanks for post!

  4. Sallyane M.

    A few years back, I tackled the aeolean shawl. I did it in 3 shades of lovely sock weight German cotton. the directions said to use a crochet hook to slip beads onto the stitches. I was using seed beads, and don’t have a hook small enough for seed beads. I played with a few things and found that scrap window screen wire was an excellent tool, folded over like you show . Sometimes ya gotta McGeiver it !!!!

  5. Razia Khan

    I put the wool string in the beads holes so any,(enough beads as you require) and knit with the bead.

  6. Marny Fischer

    I am wondering about using one of those wire threaders, used for threading small eye needles.

    Hmmmm. Anyone try that method?

    I LOVE this hat – stunning.

  7. Deb

    you must be using very thin yarn for your knitting. i tried this with a worsted weight and cant pull it through the beads any ideas would be appreciated.

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